Law Librarian (San Diego)

The State of California, Court of Appeal, Division One of the Fourth Appellate District located in Symphony Towers in downtown San Diego, is accepting applications for the position of Law Librarian.  This position may be a full-time or part-time position.  Please indicate your preference.

Under the supervision of the Clerk/Administrator of the Court, the Law Librarian is solely responsible for directing library programs and personnel within organizational and policy confines and ensures the accomplishment of the library’s goals and objectives.


• Plans, organizes, and performs the full range of work involved in operating and maintaining a modern law library;
• Instructs, trains, and assists justices, attorneys, externs, and other staff members in legal bibliography, manual, and computerized legal research;
• Conducts library orientation to all new staff, including externs;
• Instructs a one-hour class on California Legislative History to externs;
• Prepares, administers, and monitors the law library budget; reviews and approves for payment all items charged to the library budget; occasionally negotiates contracts with publishers and vendors;
• Formulates and implements library policies, programs, and scope of services;
• Updates and maintains online library database to ensure quality, accuracy and relevance of information;
• Manages Sharepoint Legal Research page; adds pertinent legal research tips;
• Updates materials located in the main library and delivers library materials to the chambers and other court locations;
• Prepares library information and other materials for distribution to justices and attorneys;
• Develops, implements, administers, and monitors all operational procedures and programs associated with the law library;
• Develops and implements policies and procedures for collection development;
• Partners with library vendors on new products, trouble-shooting, and coordinating or conducting training;
• Responds to library correspondence;
• Represents the library and court in professional committees and organizations;
• Plans the layout of library space, and recommends the purchase of furniture, equipment, and supplies;
• Obtains needed information and resources from other librarians.



Possession of a master’s degree in library science from an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited institution, and three years of experience in a law library.

Additional directly related experience may be substituted for the education on a year for year basis.


Possession of a law degree and three years of law library experience.


One year as an Assistant Law Librarian II with the Judicial Branch.


Knowledge of:
• Principles and practices of budget development and administration;
• Operation and management of a law library;
• Principles, practices, procedures, and trends of professional law library work;
• The operation of personal computers and use of specified computer applications needed for legal reference and research, word processing, and spreadsheets;
• Problem-solving and conflict resolution methods and techniques;
• Principles and techniques for preparing and giving oral presentations; and
• Principles and techniques for preparing a variety of effective written materials.

Ability to:
• Plan, organize, and direct the work involved in operating and maintaining a law library;
• Develop and administer a library budget;
• Participate in developing and implementing goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards associated with operating a law library;
• Instruct, train, and assist justices, attorneys, externs, and other staff members in library usage;
• Perform complex legal reference and research including California legislative histories;
• Knowledgeably and effectively represent the library on a variety of issues;
• Transport books and boxes of books weighing up to approximately 40 pounds;
• Use initiative and independent judgment within general policy guidelines;
• Apply problem-solving and conflict resolution methods;
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships;
• Communicate effectively in English, orally and in writing;
• Operate personal computers and mobile computing devices and use specified computer applications for legal reference and research, word processing, spreadsheets and library-related databases;
• Perform general reference and research;
• Travel to local libraries to obtain needed information; and
• Work discreetly and keep court research projects confidential.


How To Apply
Our official application must be completed thoroughly in order to be considered.

To ensure consideration of your application for the earliest round of interviews, please apply by June 23, 2017; however, the position will remain open until filled.   This position requires the submission of our official application, cover letter, resume and response to the supplemental question.

To complete an online application, please click the APPLY NOW button below


To obtain a printed application, please download a copy from the Careers page on our website under the Special Access section, and mail with the requested documents to the following address:

Fourth District Court of Appeal
Attn: Human Resources
750 B Street, Suite 300
San Diego, CA  92101

Please note: If you are selected for hire, the Fourth District Court of Appeal will require verification of employment eligibility or authorization to legally work in the United States.


Supplemental Questions
In order to better assess your qualifications, please provide a one-page, double-spaced response  to the following question:

This position of solo librarian requires the ability to perform a wide variety of tasks and be an independent worker.  Please describe your experience of independently managing all facets of a law library.


Pay and Benefits
SALARY RANGE: $6,517 – $7,919  (pro-rated if part-time)
(Starting salary may vary between $6,517 and $7,170)

Highlights of our benefits package include:

– Health/Dental/Vision benefits program
– 13 paid holidays per calendar year
– Choice of Annual Leave or Sick/Vacation Leave
– 1 personal holiday per year
– $130 transit pass subsidy per month
– CalPERS Retirement Plan
– 401(k) and 457 deferred compensation plans
– Employee Assistance Program
– Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
– FlexElect Program


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